The Dynasty Aftermath: Stand by Me

Ken Kelly

Welcome to DLF’s Dynasty Aftermath. This staple article is our longest running signature piece as we have a little fun after a tough week at the Dynasty League Football office. You’ll find this article will review the week’s happenings in a variety of ways and help set you up for the coming weeks as we spin around the league in the way we know best. As you know, this year I’m covering movies I loved growing up and tying them into fantasy football.

As we continue down the path of my favorite films, we stop to gaze at Stand by Me, a movie about the innocence of adolescence and the difficulty of growing up. The story follows four boys on their quest to find a dead body, the challenges facing anyone as they reach adulthood and the stark reality of life in general. It’s one of my favorite stories and further proof Stephen King is a literary genius.

It’s really easy to tie this film into fantasy football. As more and more people find out what I do here though the years, I seem to get more and more fantasy football questions. I have countless conversations with folks that go something like this…

Question from a borderline stranger at a conference: “Hey Ken, how’s your family?”
My Answer: “They’re great. Thanks for asking.”
Their Next Question: “So, should I trade for DeAndre Hopkins?”

It’s quite entertaining, really. I honestly don’t mind it as I love to talk about dynasty leagues and fantasy football. Most recently, the questions I’ve been asked either on or off the site are in relation to benching or trading underperforming players. Much like the movie title Stand by Me, a dynasty owner can never sell low and has to weather the storm at times. Talent always rises to the top and many times you have to “stand by your man” in good times and bad. The best example of that is this week’s fantasy MVP.

Week Twelve Fantasy MVP

Fitting with our theme, this week’s MVP is Julio Jones. For the better part of the season, Jones has been disappointing (at least to his lofty standards). However, that all changed this week when he put a season’s worth of fantasy points for many players, burning the Bucs for twelve catches, 253 receiving yards and two touchdowns. This was only his third 100-yard game this season but it also reminded everyone you have to hold tight in good times and bad as you never know when an explosion like this can happen. Jones now has 38 100-yard receiving games over his career, which is second in franchise history behind only the great Roddy White’s 39.

Week Twelve Fantasy LVP

The maturation of Dak Prescott has hit a bit of a snag without the services of one Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott failed to top 200 passing yards for the fourth time in his last five games and has yet to post a 300-yard passing game all season. He’s also failed to throw a touchdown pass in three straight games and four of his last five. This week, his owners were hoping he’d be solid on Thanksgiving and he responded with just 179 passing yards two interceptions. Ouch.

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Lineup Fun

The Pez Unbeatable Lineup of the Week

QB Ben Roethlisberger PIT = 351 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions
RB Alvin Kamara NO = 87 rushing yards, six catches, 1o1 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Le’Veon Bell PIT = 95 rushing yards, twelve catches, 88 receiving yards
RB Joe Mixon CIN = 114 rushing yards, three receptions, 51 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Julio Jones ATL = 12 catches, 253 receiving yards, 15 rushing yards, two touchdowns
WR Antonio Brown PIT = Ten catches, 169 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Keenan Allen LAC = 11 catches, 172 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Zach Ertz PHI = Ten catches, 103 receiving yards, one touchdown

The Pie Eating Underdog Lineup of the Week

QB Brett Hundley GB = 245 passing yards, three touchdowns
RB Jamaal Williams GB = 66 rushing yards, four catches, 69 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Marshawn Lynch OAK = 67 rushing yards, three receptions, 44 receiving yards, one touchdown
RB Samaje Perine WAS = 100 rushing yards, three catches, 30 receiving yards
WR Jamison Crowder WAS = Seven receptions, 141 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Jermaine Kearse NYJ = Seven receptions, 105 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Mohamed Sanu ATL = Eight receptions, 64 receiving yards, 51 passing yards, one touchdown
TE Hunter Henry LAC = Five catches, 76 receiving yards, one touchdown

The Growing up is Hard to Do Disappointing Lineup of the Week

QB Eli Manning NYG = 113 passing yards
RB CJ Anderson DEN = 12 rushing yards
RB Doug Martin TB = 33 rushing yards
RB Kareem Hunt KC = 17 rushing yards, one catch, nine receiving yards
WR Marqise Lee JAX = one catch, 13 receiving yards
WR DeVante Parker MIA = One catches, five receiving yards
WR TY Hilton IND = Two catches, 15 receiving yards
TE Jared Cook OAK = One catch, one receiving yard

Gut Checks

I’d be worried if I was relying on any Dallas running back during this suspension.

I’d be worried if I owned Dez Bryant. Prescott is struggling but it’s fair to question if Bryant’s best days are behind him.

I’d be worried if I’m ignoring the big play ability of Corey Coleman.

I’d be worried if I had no idea my son was following railroad tracks to find a dead teenager. Seriously, you have no idea where any of them are?

I’d be worried if I owned Eli Manning. Man, talk about Stand by Me.

I’d be worried if I owned any Giants receiver. See above.

I’d be worried if I was thinking Phillip Dorsett was going to do much this year.

I’d be worried if I’m starting Jay Ajayi.

I’d be worried if I jump into a pond with leeches.

I’d be worried if I’m running to the waiver wire for Geno Smith.

I’d be worried if I owned Paxton Lynch.

I’d be worried if I was playing against Alvin Kamara. This has been a very interesting rookie class. At any point this season, a legitimate case could have made for Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt or Kamara at 1.01. Simply put, Kamara is the perfect fit for the Saints offense.

I’d be worried if I was relying on Doug Martin.

I’d be worried if I didn’t love movies with Corey Feldman and/or Corey Haim.

I’d be worried if I had given up on Jimmy Graham.

I’d be worried if I owned Leonard Fournette. I’m not bailing here or in a total state of panic. However, those ankle issues worry me long-term and he’s not being used the same as he was at the beginning of the season.

I’d be worried if I wasn’t starting Robby Anderson. A touchdown in five straight games is nothing to sneeze at. It’s time to accept the fact the Jets weren’t as bad as everyone thought they’d be.  He won’t win it, but Todd Bowles might be Coach of the Year.

I’d be worried if I didn’t keep in touch with childhood friends.

I’d be worried if I owned DeVante Parker. So much promise with so few results. Again.

I’d be worried if I was thinking of starting Jimmy Garoppolo in my lineup this week. A good game is possible but the odds say no unless you have no viable options.

I’d be worried if I didn’t think Pez was a viable survival food.

I’d be worried if I wasn’t already making my 2018 off-season task list.

I’d be worried if I owned Darren McFadden. It looks like it’s over for a talented but habitually underperforming fantasy player.

I’d be worried if I owned Jerick McKinnon. That was a quick burn. It sure looks like Latavius Murray isn’t going away.

I’d be worried if I was in a pie eating contest with anyone drinking castor oil beforehand.

I’d be worried if I all of a sudden believed in Rex Burkhead.

I’d be worried if I owned Kareem Hunt. I have no idea what the Chiefs are doing, either.

I’d be worried if I was thinking Case Keenum wasn’t a viable option.



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